Published on April 7, 2020 by Katie Stripling  
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A special meeting of the Samford University Board of Trustees was convened by telephone on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

Samford President Andrew Westmoreland provided a comprehensive report on the impact of COVID-19 on the university and the many measures being taken in response to the pandemic.  

The trustees adopted a resolution authorizing the president to make ongoing decisions to guide the university through the health emergency, including credits or refunds of prepaid room and board charges for the Spring 2020 semester. Families will have the option to designate some or all of such credits or refunds as donations to Samford to provide much-needed financial support to the university and its students.

The resolution also called for all university trustees, faculty, staff, students and their families, alumni, business associates and friends, to engage in ongoing prayer to God Almighty for the global cessation of COVID-19 and for a special dispensation of God’s grace and mercy upon the Samford community during these days of widespread disease and considerable uncertainty.
 
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.